Sodium percarbonate is produced through a relatively straightforward chemical reaction that involves two main components: Sodium carbonate (also known as washing soda) and hydrogen peroxide.
Sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) is also know as washing soda and is one of the key ingredients in our DIY green cleaning toolkit. It is a white crystalline compound, commonly found in nature and often used in various industrial applications. It has a high pH level making it a strong alkali cleaner.
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a chemical compound composed of two hydrogen atoms and two oxygen atoms, making it a water molecule with an extra oxygen atom. It is a colourless, clear liquid that resembles water in appearance. Hydrogen peroxide has various applications due to its oxidizing and disinfectant properties. It's commonly used as a cleaning agent, disinfectant, and bleaching agent, among other purposes. In its pure form, hydrogen peroxide can be strong and potentially harmful, so it's often diluted for safe use in various applications.
The interaction between sodium carbonate and hydrogen peroxide causes a rearrangement of atoms, leading to the creation of the sodium percarbonate. The resulting sodium percarbonate is typically filtered, washed, and then dried to remove excess moisture. It is then milled into a fine powder to ensure uniformity and ease of use.
Important to note
Sodium percarbonate is often produced for commercial use through industrial processes that ensure consistent quality and purity. At home, you could mix hydrogen peroxide with washing soda to create a paste that has similar effects, however this is not actually creating pure sodium percarbonate.
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